Kaboom, 30 Years Later
At 8:32 AM on Sunday, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in a massive explosion that wiped out more than 200 square miles of forest, killed 57 people, and left a lingering ash cloud that had drifted across the entire world within a few days. The library is remembering that awesome display of nature's power 30 years ago (and the scientific discoveries since) with a display. Click here to get a preview of the display and more info on volcanology.
One of the most dramatic geological events of the 20th century, Mount St. Helens' massive eruption showcased the terrifying power of a pyroclastic explosion. Thirty years on this worst of all volcanic disasters in U.S. history is still remembered. The mountain itself and its ecosystem are slowly recovering, providing scientists with a rare opportunity to study the environmental effects of a volcanic eruption.
The BMCC Library staff has gathered a selection of information and materials from our shelves highlighting the 1980 eruption and the science of volcanology. Here's a sample of what you'll see if you swing by and check out the display:
Want some more information about the eruption? Check out these links:
- An overview of the eruption is available here, taken from The American Decades Primary Sources.
- Science News took "A Fresh Look at Mt. St. Helens" recently, and here is what they found.
- Want to know more about volcanology? Study up on what AccessScience has to say about the science of studying volcanoes.